Mixcloud Live: A Streaming Future Free from Copyright Strikes
Are you a DJ Looking to Live stream? Do you have experience live streaming your sets, but you’re sick of having them taken down whenever you play a licensed track? Luckily for the entire community, Mixcloud just worked out the copyright deal of the decade.
They just premiered their new service called Mixcloud Live, which promises worry-free DJ streaming. In this article, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the breaking news!
Enter Mixcloud Live
Mixcloud Live, an extension of Mixcloud Pro, is a new streaming platform that allows DJs to legally play their sets over the internet. Mixcloud Live is RTMP-based, meaning that users will need a broadcast application to stream their sets.
There are plenty of broadcast applications available; one that is free and quite popular is OBS. After creating a stream channel name (be careful, this can only be done once), users will have access to an RTMP server URL, which will be used in tandem with the user’s broadcast software of choice. For those unaccustomed, once you develop an understanding of your broadcast software’s interface, the process is relatively quick.
You can follow this walkthrough on Mixcloud’s site on how to set up your broadcast.
Time to Go Pro
In order to access Mixcloud Live, you will need to subscribe to Mixcloud Pro. Mixcloud Pro costs a monthly fee. As of writing this article, membership costs $15 every month. At the moment, Mixcloud is offering a 90-day free trial for those who would like to try Mixcloud Live before they buy it.
Mixcloud Pro subscribers receive an array of features other than just Mixcloud Live. This includes scheduling uploads, profile customization, and analytics (under the name Utilise Pro), which members can use to learn about viewer engagement, giving them an opportunity to study which songs keep their audience moving, and which songs to drop from their sets.
Perhaps the most promising aspect of Mixcloud Pro is the ability to monetize. Monetization works through fan subscriptions, which directly support Mixcloud Pro performers. A portion of the subscription goes to Mixcloud fees and a fraction accounts for transaction fees; the residual 60% of the subscription amount goes to the artist.
This is great for DJs and artists who make most of their earnings from shows and touring. The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially rough for performers; it is fantastic that Mixcloud Live provides them with a platform to perform safely and make some money.
Additionally, it gives fans a chance to stay updated with their favorite artists, show support, and enjoy some new music.
Mixcloud Pro is in Beta; however, it shows a lot of promise. Since it is still very new, testimonials are hard to find, but considering that Mixcloud is offering Mixcloud Pro for 90 days free of charge, it may be worth trying.
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